Women are always looking for ways to best prep their skin for the hottest time of year so they can flaunt their summer-ready skin with no worries. Dove spokesperson and beauty expert, Latina dermatologist Dr. Alicia Barba wants to ensure that you don’t forget to care for the most visible and largest organ of your body – your skin! Below she shares her top five popular skincare myths this season, along with her best advice on how to look and feel your best this season and always.
Myth: “ Since I’m Latina with olive or darker skin tone, I’m not at risk for skin cancer”
Truth: A common misconception in skincare in women of color is that we are immune to getting skin cancer and that we do not need yearly skin exams. This is not true and in fact, skin cancer in Latino patient populations in the U.S. is on the rise. The American Academy of Dermatology has developed a specific outreach for the Latino Community and says: “People of all races and colors can develop skin cancer. When skin cancer develops in people with darker skin, it is often diagnosed at a later stage, especially melanoma.” The golden rule is to Wear Sunscreen Every Day! Your skin is the largest human organ, and it is the most visible. No matter what season we’re in, know that the skin constantly absorbs ultraviolet aging rays like a sponge, which then damage your DNA, collagen and cause pigment abnormalities later in life.
Myth: “There is nothing I can do about my “manchas” or dark spots since I’m Latina and prone to them.”
Truth: Women of color are definitely more prone to hyperpigmentation due to unknown genetic factors that cause the melanocyte to produce more localized pigment when exposed to sun, hormones or inflammation. However, we can take preventative measures like not picking at acne or bites, and use sunblock to avoid spots from getting worse. Prevention is key!
Myth: “I can’t wash my face with the same cleanser I use on my body.”
Truth: Everyone loves a dual action product, and certain cleansers are gentle enough to care for both your face and body. As the #1 Dermatologist recommended skin cleansing bar, Dove Beauty Bar Sensitive Skin provides superior care over premium cleansing bars. Its ¼ moisturizing cream and gentle formula will leave your skin soft, smooth, and does not dry skin like soap can. Bonus tip: save space when traveling this season by using this beauty bar to wash your face & body, your skin will thank you!